Rising to the Occasion

This is a bit late but it’s worth writing about: Friday night was the annual homecoming football game here in Our Town. There was little joy in evidence, though, because prospects looked dim for our Parkway South Patriots. Despite an encouraging win the previous week, our boys were 1-and-3 on the season, including a discouraging 33-6 loss to a very good Columbia (Mo.) Hickman team two weeks ago.

The best part of the game figured to be the halftime show by the Spirit of ’76 marching band (featuring our daughter in the all-important trumpet section).

Our opponent Friday night: The Kirkwood Pioneers, ranked by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the number one team in the area and number two in all of Missouri, the clear favorite to win our conference this year. Kirkwood was undefeated, winning its first three games by an average score of 55-9. We had one common opponent going into the game, House Springs Northwest, which beat us 7-6 in Week 2.

The following week, Kirkwood greased Northwest 68-6.

Yes, indeed, things looked grim.

All I can figure is that something snapped after the Hickman game. Our boys, who hadn’t scored more than 12 points in any of their first three games, rolled up 220 yards rushing against Kirkwood. On defense, they picked off four passes and held Kirkwood to 32 yards on the ground–an average of 1.8 yards a carry.

Final score: Parkway South 24, Kirkwood 21.

This is what sports ought to be about.

And the band, by the way, was excellent.

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